Akpabio had told reporters in Abuja last week that the interim committee was to prepare ground for the new Board and supervise the forensic audit which the President had ordered some weeks ago.
According to him, “we are not against forensic audit of NDDC as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, but, let the process be credible”.
LEDAP, however is the first Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) to challenge Akpabio in court on his ‘interim Committee’.
LEDAP is been joined as plaintiffs in the suit by some indigenes of the Niger Delta area, who includes Iruo Onoruvwe, Anatole Osuji, and Walter Abere. While NDCC, Dr. Gbene Joi Nunieh, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, and Chief Ibanga Basset Etang were listed as defendants alongside Akpabio.
In the suit, filed by the Executive Director of LEDAP, Chino Obiagwu (SAN) the plaintiff are seeking the following reliefs: a declaration that the purported appointment by the first defendant of three-man interim management for the second defendant is contrary to sections 2, 10, and 12 of the NDDC Act 6 2000(as amended)
A declaration that by virtue of Section 12(2) of the second defendant of the NDDC Act,the Managing Director of the second defendant performs his functions under the general direction of the board of the second defendant.
A declaration that the first defendant cannot validly appoint the 3rd-5th defendants as acting Managing Director; and Executive Directors of the second defendant while the list of nominated members of board of the second defendant submitted by the President, pursuant to sections 2, 10, and 12 of the NDDC Act 2000 to the National Assembly is pending the approval of of the Senate.
LEDAP is also seeking an order of the court nullifying the purported appointments of the 3rd-5th defendants as acting Managing Director and Executive Directors of the second defendant. An order restraining the second defendant and its management from handing over, and, or permitting the third to fifth defendants to assume the office of the Managing Director and Executive Directors of the second defendant;
It also asked the court for an order restraining the first defendant by himself or anyhow whatsoever from interfering in the affairs of the second defendant in manner inconsistent with the provisions of the NDDC Act.